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The Elephant Man
ORIGINAL TITLE The Elephant Man
YEAR
1980  
RUNNING TIME
125 min.   Watch Trailers/Videos
COUNTRY
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DIRECTOR David Lynch
SCREENWRITER David Lynch, Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore
COMPOSER John Morris
CINEMATOGRAPHER Freddie Francis (B&W)
CAST Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Dexter Fletcher
STUDIO/PRODUCER Paramount Pictures. Producer: Mel Brooks
AWARDS 1981: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
1980: 8 Nominations for Oscar, including Actor (Hurt), Art Direction, Costume Design, Director
1980: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1980: BAFTA: Best Movie
GENRE Drama | Disease. Disability. The 19th Century. Based on a true story. Cult movie
SYNOPSIS/PLOT David Lynch brings his own dreamlike style to the heartbreaking yet somehow uplifting story of John Merrick (John Hurt), a hideously deformed individual dubbed the Elephant Man during his years in a circus freak show in Victorian England. After suffering for years at the hands of his circus "master," the eloquent, soft spoken Merrick is "rescued" by compassionate surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who allows him to live at the hospital where he works. Merrick becomes a social celebrity when he meets a popular stage performer (Anne Bancroft), but he must continue to fight for his dignity with those who still choose to view him as a freak. Meanwhile, Treves begins to question whether his supposed act of humanity has been just as exploitative as Merrick’s former caretakers.

8 Academy Awards Nominations. 0 Awards.
PRO REVIEWS ----------------------------------------
"A handsome, eerie, disturbing movie" (Vincent Canby: The New York Times)
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The Elephant Man
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